This week’s group cigar review is of the Sam Leccia Black. The Black has fire cured tobacco in it that give it a very distinct smell, unlike anything you’ve smelled before. It seems to be perfectly rolled and has a great draw after cutting. Once lit up we tasted a bold, but balanced, earthy and dark coffee flavor with a sweet creamy finish. A pepper flavor increases as we smoke while the sweetness fades. By the end of the stick, pepper has taken over and it is such a different cigar than where it started. Overall, we loved the transition and complexity, plus the unique fire cured tobacco smell/flavor. The construction was just about perfect too. We highly recommend this cigar, it’s a real stunner and well worth the price!
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 20/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
IamDarren: whoa just pulled mine out of the cello and got a potent whiff of pepper. Gonna head outside
StraightUpCigars: Whoa, what’s up with the unique smell of this thing? Calling it pungent tobacco wouldn’t do it justice, it’s different. The wrapper’s got some big veins, but it seems perfectly rolled with a good draw after cutting.
Terry1: Strong wrapper smell. It reminds me of the cattle barn at the state fair. Sort of that clean hay, animal and poop smell. Overall the cigar looks very good.
IamDarren: yep, i was wondering the same thing. When i took a cold draw i got a similar taste to another unique cigar… the Spectre. Definitely not as stong and pungent but very similar.
StraightUpCigars: Nice. I’m lighting up.
IamDarren: and then he said “Bring on the Flame!”
Terry1: That cold draw is very unique. I can’t think of a flavor for it. The fired cured tobacco definately brings something new to the table.
IamDarren: unique flavor but very well balanced. Pungent and earthy up front but then a creamy sweetness comes in to balance it out. Finish has some spice and coffee undertones but is still not that strong.
IamDarren: has that over-ripe fruit quality too it. The sweetness is very rich and coats the palate.
StraightUpCigars: Wow, I am liking this one! Rich and bold, but not overpowering – balanced like Darren noted. This reminds me of a dark roast coffee with a lot of cream.
Terry1: Sweeter than I anticipated. Very good. I need to enjoy this smoke for a minute. Too complex for me to focus on any one flavor.
IamDarren: i noticed in the retrohale that i could taste and smell BBQ. It reminds me of a smoker with some good quality hickory or apple wood.
StraightUpCigars: I agree with that, smells like the smoke from a smoker. Hard to set this one down.
IamDarren: just read the CI description, lol. They say it has “whiskey-esque” aroma. I would love to be the guy who comes up with those descriptions.
StraightUpCigars: That wouldn’t be such a bad gig at all
StraightUpCigars: Mine has a perfectly straight burn and the ash is getting long with no sign of falling off.
Terry1: I’m really enjoying this cigar. The flavors are a mix of sweetness, smoke and pepper. Well balanced and complex.
IamDarren: mine has great draw, almost perfect burn, and great flavor. Loving it so far.
IamDarren: in an inch and ash is holding well. Pepper is starting to ramp up a little, especially on the retrohale.
StraightUpCigars: I only paid a little over $4 ea. So far this one has the characteristics of a much more expensive cigar.
IamDarren: you got a great deal, looks like they retail for between 6 and 7.
Terry1: I’ve been noticing the pepper more too. Do you think the sweetness is coming from the fire cured? I’ve heard is supposed to be like a pipe tobacco. Never tried a pipe but I know the smoke from one smells very sweet.
IamDarren: i think it helps, it looks like he used a whole bunch of different tobacco for this one and the the White label, so its hard to tell.
IamDarren: looks like he came out with another one called Luchador.
StraightUpCigars: Has anyone knocked the ash off yet? Mine’s atleast an inch and a half long. Yeah, I’m smoking it fast.
IamDarren: mine just got to the inch mark and and i flicked it off in the tray. Fell off pretty easy but didn’t break apart in the tray.
Terry1: I knocked mine off. I’ve been wearing a lot of ash lately. Trying not to do that.
IamDarren: lol, this is the punch line for the Luchador… This is Sam Leccia Luchador, and it will hit your palate like a folding chair to the dome. So much complexity is packed into every cigar it’s almost unbelievable, but once you try one, you may find yourself chanting, “Lu-cha-dor….Lu-cha-dor.”
StraightUpCigars: The pepper is really increasing on mine, I like it. It’s a nice balance of sweet and pepper right now.
StraightUpCigars: Lol! I’m going to look for the luchador on cbid
Terry1: I’ve heard the Luchador will kick your butt. It’s a strong cigar.
StraightUpCigars: That makes things even more interesting. Just placed my bid.
IamDarren: Sweetness is fading a little. Getting more of the cured tobacco flavor now. Also getting more spice and pepper on the finish. Still very enjoybable.
IamDarren: lol, just couldn’t help yourself! We might as well have all 3 new blends to try out, right.
StraightUpCigars: We have to get some on hand before people hear how good this Leccia blend is!
IamDarren: Terry, i found another new blend that i think would be right up your alley, http://www.cigarsinternational.com/cigars/75399/kristoff-galerones-dr4/
[Kristoff Galerones DR4 – Cigars International]
Kristoff Galerones DR4 – Cigars International
Terry1: Yeah I’ve noticed that. Glen was showing me the artwork at last years festival. He hadn’t released them yet. I’ll have to try it soon.
IamDarren: BTW, helped my brother-in-law move into his new house over the weekend and as a thank-you gift he got me a bottle of Crown Royal XO. That stuff is amazing!
StraightUpCigars: Whoa, that’s cool. I love that bottle too.
Terry1: I haven’t noticed to much change in the flavors on mine. I’m about to the end of the middle third. Same wonderful balance between the sweet and the pepper. Burn has been perfect. Only about medium in nicotine strength at this point. The only compaint I have is this is the only Black I have. They’ll be part of my next order.
IamDarren: you got that right, im already looking on cbid. Maybe we should do a box split.
IamDarren: guess i better wait to see how good the White label is.
Terry1: Okay. I’ll take the cigars and you can have the box.
IamDarren: lol, wow you must really like it!
StraightUpCigars: Well said Terry. I would like to try his others before jumping in on a box split myself.
IamDarren: I think the boxes are 21 so we could do a 3 way split pretty easy
Terry1: I smoked a White at the festival last year. I liked it but I don’t remember liking it as much as this Black one.
IamDarren: just crossed the halfway mark and the burn is starting to get lopsided, i will see if it self corrects
StraightUpCigars: That’s a bummer. My construction has been perfect and I appreciate the draw with some resistance – that’s helping me from smoking it too fast.
IamDarren: the ash is starting to get very flakey on mine, started tapping it off every half inch.
Terry1: I just took the band off and I had trouble with it. Wasn’t stuck to the cigar but the paper shredded. I like the glossy bands better. They seem to hold up better.
StraightUpCigars: My ash has been readily dropping every quarter inch, which is silly b/c the first ash is almost 2 inches long.
Terry1: POP! My wrapper just split. It’s about an inch long. It’s not affecting the smoking but if it goes too much further it will reach the head of the cigar and will likely unravel what’s left.
IamDarren: mine wrapper developed a small crack but appears to have ended where the wrapper is overlapped.
StraightUpCigars: That’s a bummer you guys are having issues, mine’s been perfect.
IamDarren: entering the last third, the sweetness is back again and flavors are very similar to the first third.
StraightUpCigars: The body has really increased too, and there’s a serious peppery spice kick. I tried to retrohale, and it’s too much.
Terry1: I’ve got three small cracks now. I’m still able to smoke the cigar but I have to be very careful holding it. Other than that the flavors are still very good.
IamDarren: mine was getting pretty intense for about a half inch and then when i got to the band it faded back out again.
Terry1: I’m finally starting to feel this one now. Good thing we’re near the end.
IamDarren: have you guys started getting the emails again for the FDA tobacco law. Looks like they are still trying to make cigars cost at least 10 bucks.
Terry1: I’m not getting emails but what the FDA wants to do will kill the industry as we know it.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I’ve seen that. They need to butt out.
IamDarren: I don’t think they are going to give up. I think cigar prices will go up, the question is how much.
Terry1: Crap and now I’m wearing another ash. My ash is getting flakey.
StraightUpCigars: Good thing I’ve left that poll up so long
IamDarren: I don’t really understand it because they will be losing a lot of tax revenue but it seems like these days our government feels the need to regulate everything we do.
IamDarren: my cigar is heating up and starting to loose the sweetness again. Its still not as peppery as before but its loosing the creamy texture and getting more of a dry quality to it.
StraightUpCigars: It doesn’t make any sense Darren, they take advantage of the fact that most people don’t mind if those items are taxed so heavily.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is all finished up. I agree the smoke was drier towards the end. Loved all that pepper and spice at the end, was a really different experience than the beginning.
Terry1: Mine is about done too. Great flavors to the end. Really enjoyed this one even with the cracks. Luckil they didn’t get any worse and I was able to finish the cigar.
IamDarren: well they have to know that it will prohibit most people from smoking, and the ones that are unable to quit will have trouble putting food on the table. Its kinda like pulling the rug out from under us. The people who grew up in the 70s and 80s got addicted to a cheap habbit that is now sucking all their income.
IamDarren: less than an inch left on mine, and as long as i smoke it slowly and let it cool between draws it is still very good.
StraightUpCigars: I’m gonna rate it in a second. here.
StraightUpCigars: Such a good one tonight, very unique flavor and smell. I took a point off for the veiny wrapper.
IamDarren: loved the flavor and complexity in this cigar, very well blended and very unique
Terry1: Ageed. This is one I would keep in the rotation.